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Thursday, June 6, 2013
Stoops talks playoff, schedules, SEC, more

By David Ubben

PLANO, Texas -- Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops joked about the controversy he faced this offseason -- for comments about the SEC and not paying players more than a stipend -- before he sat down with me and a few reporters Wednesday night. One Sooners staffer jokingly asked if Stoops could just stay out of the news.

"Heck, I said, 'Frankly, I don't know half the time until two days later that there's even a storm,'" Stoops said. "I'm like, 'Geez, what happened with that?'"

Why has Stoops caught so much criticism with his comments in recent months?

"Come on, you know why. This time of year? You guys gotta have something to write about, talk about. It's just this time of year. Everybody blows up whatever they can," he said. "I don't care, to be honest with you. I could care less. It has no effect. It just fills up readers and feeds what everybody wants out there. It's all fluff."

Bob Stoops
"If they have eight guys from Atlanta voting on it, that'll be a problem," Bob Stoops said of the College Football Playoff selection committee.
Still, Stoops provided a bit more "fluff" in a nearly 30-minute session before taking the podium at an Oklahoma caravan event.